August 9, 2011


And you thought the only day that was just yours was your birthday!

Book Lovers Day* encourages you to find a good place in the shade to relax with a good book.  Which is exactly what I did during my lunch hour and I cannot tell you how much I adore my lunch hours now that I spend them almost exclusively catching up on my reading.

Thinking about how nice it would be to be able to honor this day by camping out at the local Barnes & Noble (also known as The Mother Ship in my household) got me nostalgically remembering the days before the big superstores, before Amazon and before e-readers.  I remember saving up my birthday/Christmas/pocket money and going to Little Professor bookstore, next door to the Eckerd Drug Store and Big Star, and selecting the best read for my hard earned money.  In those days, there was no coffee shop, no pastries, no music department and no chairs for lounging about - - you could literally walk the length of the store in probably less than thirty steps.  But the intimacy was nice - - the owners were a husband and wife and they knew their regular customers (and basically everyone was a regular customer).  Their overstock consisted of the two or three paperbacks stacked behind the front copy on the bestseller shelf.  If they didn't have it, you had to order it and then wait for it to come in.  Unless you wanted to head over to the mall and to B. Dalton, which was massive by comparison.  B. Dalton provided a longer shopping experience, more browsing and it allowed you to head to the Food Court after your purchase to snack on some fries or a Hovan roll while you browsed through your purchase (which oftentimes for me was the newest V. C. Andrews release - - don't judge). 

It's these little things that I really miss when comparing the new technology to the good old days.  I absolutely love the smell of a new book and I found not only the smell of B. Dalton or Little Professor comforting but also warm and inviting.  As much as I love The Mother Ship, the coziness simply isn't there.  (Not surprising given 30,000+ square feet).  Nevermind the internet. 

So as I celebrate this day (which, let's be honest, I do just about every day) it's with a wistful longing that maybe modern technology wasn't so modern or moved so fast and that in this world it was still possible to grow up and have your own little bookstore one day (yes, I do love You've Got Mail). 

How do you plan on celebrating Book Lovers Day?

*Thank you to Amy at Passages to the Past for the heads up on this holiday!


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Who knew?! Happy Book Lovers Day to you too! I enjoyed your reminiscing. It sounds like many of my early bookish memories.

Lori Johnston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Beth.

Sigh. I do miss those good old days, don't you? It's great to have so many books available at the stroke of a computer key but I do still fantasize about my own cozy little bookshop. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I had no idea there was such a day.
Too cool.

I know what you mean.
I remember the way book stores use to be too.

That's why I prefer comfy used bookstores. They are smaller, more comfy, and less crowded.

Great post.

Lori Johnston said...

I didn't know either until earlier today, Juju! Great day.

I'm with you on the used bookstores. Terrific vibe and very cozy. :)